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Rumsfeld and Mukasey, Tortured Times and Trials Mukasey: Waterboarding is Torture if It's Torture copyright © 2007 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org It has been tried before. Efforts failed. Nonetheless, I remain hopeful. I have always believed, "Never, never give up!" Thankfully, several Human Rights organizations in the United States and Europe trust in the same principle. They persevere. On Thursday, October 25, 2007, the International Federation for Human Rights, the French League for Human Rights, and the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, filed a formal grievance in a Paris court. The complaint stated former Secretary of Defense, Donald H. Rumsfeld authorized torture at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, The writ states, Rumsfeld violated the 1987 Convention Against Torture Act. While Rumsfeld wrestled with his past, on the floor of United States Senate Judge Michael B. Mukasey pondered his future. This Bush appointee was asked if "enemy combatants" were tormented, would he, as the Attorney General deem himself accountable. Senators questioned Michael B. Mukasey extensively, albeit civilly. They inquired, if he were approved for the Attorney General position would he accept responsibility for reprehensible actions, or did he not think torture wrong. The nominee hedged and hummed just as Rumsfeld had in the past. Mukasey blurred the lines that define the methods used to inflict physical pain on people. In a trial of sorts, Judge Mukasey told the Senate he might be the mirror image of his predecessor, Alberto Gonzales. Today, the times are tough for those that think detainees deserve to be subjected to waterboarding. We recall, the infamous former Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales. Gonzales was the man behind the Justice Department curtain. He clarified the terms and authorized severe means for obtaining actionable intelligence from detainees. Henchman for Vice President Dick Cheney, and of course, friend of the...
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Impeachment Not Impossible; Bush Cheney Censure Begins with You Rollins on impeachment copyright © 2007 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org "I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace." ~ George W. Bush, June 18, 2002 
"War is Peace" ~ Big Brother in George Orwell's 1984 Many believe impeachment is not likely. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi will not consider it. Presidential candidate John Edwards thinks the process is a distraction. Many Americans forget that until impeachment was proposed and investigations began, there was no evidence to convict Richard M. Nixon. When asked to assess the past people only recall the spectacular. Sex scandals are dicey! Talk of intimate physical intercourse could stimulate a climatic end to the George W. Bush, Dick Cheney supremacy. However, we do not see love scenes in the making of this President. Under this Bush, it is dark, damp, and dank. This Bush is all about war! George W. Bush has raped the land and ripped the cloth known as the Constitution. Many acknowledge his crimes and the corruption he and his mate Cheney propagate. Yet, since these are not sexual in nature they evoke no censure. Americans have resigned themselves to the notion Bush and Cheney will continue to reign. However, it need not be. There is still reason for hope. Don Quixote, otherwise known as Dennis Kucinich, is prepared to propose what others dare not do. This Presidential aspirant tilts at windmills and moves us to act. The Congressman from Ohio will do the absurd and create the impossible. Dennis Kucinich understands, "Strength is peace!" "Only he who attempts the absurd is capable of achieving the impossible." ~ Miguel de Unamuno [Spanish Philosopher and Writer] Our future President Dennis Kucinich will exhibit courage and call for censure. Some may say Dennis did this before;...

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